The Crown Point State Historic Site has announced a series of workshops with James McElhinney focusing on the historic military tradition of field drawing and painting, set for Sunday July 11th, and Saturdays August 14th, September 11th, and October 9th.
Intended either as stand-alone or progressive a series of lessons, these workshops will introduce participants to historic methods for viewing terrain and describing the landscape through drawing and painting. Each class will begin with an introductory video, followed by Q&A with the instructor and a live demo of his technique. Participants will then proceed outdoors to explore at each meeting a different aspect of Crown Point State Historic site, from its geology and military ruins to its sweeping vistas and architecture. Each class will conclude with participants gathering to share their discoveries.
James Lancel McElhinney is a visual artist, author, independent scholar, and art publisher. He holds an MFA in painting from Yale, and a BFA from the Tyler School of Art. McElhinney is the recipient of fellowships and grants, including a 2017 Pollock Krasner Grant and a prior Visual Artist fellowship from National Endowment for the Arts. McElhinney is the author of Sketchbook Traveler: Hudson Valley, the first in a series. His work may be found in numerous public collections including the Albany Institute of History and Art, Hudson River Museum, West Point Museum, New York Public Library and other public institutions. McElhinney is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Workshops will take place from 1 to 4 pm at the Crown Point Historic Site, located at 21 Grandview Drive, in Crown Point, Essex County, NY. Registration is $25 per workshop ($85 for all four sessions), participants limited to 12, ages 18 and above. For more information or to register, email email@example.com.
Painting of Crown Point by James McElhinney.